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#DenyThePermit? A Call for Cumulative Impacts Legislation by Frontline Communities

With cumulative impacts analysis integrated in permitting processes, communities like Chicago's South­east Side could better advocate for needed resources and denial of the permits for harmful facilities.

12/8/21

Kiana Courtney

Update

New Cleaner Car Standards: On the Road to Urgently-Needed Climate Action

The EPA's stronger emissions standards get the U.S. back on track to reduce our pollution

1/10/22

Ann Mesnikoff

Story

Wooden Reserves: Protecting Mature Forests is Essential Climate Action

To confront the climate crisis and protect biodiversity, the U.S. Forest Service must move toward a science-based approach to forest management.

12/14/21

Andy Olsen

Update

A Groundbreaking for Illinois’ Solar Market

Today’s re-opening of the Illinois Shines program will help get renewable energy back on track

12/14/21

MeLena Hessel

Howard's Blog

Watch Our 2021 Year In Review

Please take a look at our Year-End Update video to see the impact we've made to protect the Midwest's environment.

12/9/21

Howard A. Learner

Story

#DenyThePermit? A Call for Cumulative Impacts Legislation by Frontline Communities

With cumulative impacts analysis integrated in permitting processes, communities like Chicago's South­east Side could better advocate for needed resources and denial of the permits for harmful facilities.

12/8/21

Kiana Courtney

Story

The Sky’s the Limit for Illinois Solar

Program has already spurred enough solar development to power nearly 350,000 homes across the state, with much more coming soon.

12/1/21

Story

Promoting Community-Driven Community Solar in Illinois

Community solar can help build wealth and advance clean energy across Illinois, but state agencies need to hear from diverse voices to get it right

11/19/21

Eric Sippert

Story

Holding Illinois to high (ozone) standards

States can't just disregard air data they don't like, especially in an era of climate change when wildfires are hardly "exceptional" anymore

11/18/21

Ann Jaworski

Story

Chicago’s EJ Communities Need Parks Not Pollution

As if they don’t have enough polluters on all sides, Southeast Side residents face plans for an expanded waste dump on the lakeshore, where they were supposed to get a park.

11/18/21

Kiana Courtney

Update

New Bill Would Make Solar Accessible to More Wisconsinites

A new bill in the Wisconsin legislature would remove a significant and needless barrier to the widespread deployment of solar energy in Wisconsin.

11/16/21

Rachel Granneman

Story

Sunshine for All: Bringing solar energy to low-income communities

What strategies are state programs using to increase equitable access to solar energy in communities across the country?

11/15/21

Update

Build Back Better Boosts Rural Clean Energy

The Build Back Better (BBB) framework outlines a historic boost for REAP – the Rural Energy for America Program – at $2 billion over ten years.

10/29/21

Andy Olsen

Testimony

Connecting Technology with Community Expertise to Understand Air Quality

ELPC’s Tiffany Werner joined a Microsoft Research panel discussion with public health, technology, and science experts to discuss our new partnership for cleaner air in Chicago

10/20/21

Tiffany Werner

Testimony

Fuel Economy Standards Can be Tougher and Still Feasible

Biden's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration must revise fuel economy standards to make them tougher while still feasible for cars built in 2024-2026

10/14/21

Ann Jaworski

Story

New Regional Rail Plan is a Win for the Midwest

Federal Railroad Administration study affirms regional rail network is stronger than the sum of its parts, high speed rail is on the horizon.

10/14/21

Kevin Brubaker

Howard's Blog

ELPC Board Members Honored by Crain’s Chicago Business

Congratulations to ELPC Board Chair Harry Drucker and Board Member Smita Shah for being named Crain’s Chicago Business 2021 Notable Nonprofit Board Leaders

10/11/21

Howard A. Learner

Story

Fed Up with Lake Michigan Polluters

As another cloud of pollution muddies Lake Michigan, ELPC joins a Midwestern coalition calling on Indiana to step up and do their job to protect our shores

10/7/21

Robert Michaels

Update

The Midwest wants cleaner cars

The heartland has always been a hotbed of transportation innovation. We must continue to respond to the challenges of our time, and strong vehicle emissions standards are the best way forward.

9/28/21

Ann Mesnikoff

Story

Will Electric School Buses Move into High Gear?

Federal funds for electric school buses could mean a healthier ride to school for millions of kids in America

9/27/21

Ann Mesnikoff

Story

Pace is going electric! Zero emission suburban bus fleet by 2040

New commitment to clean transportation is good for public health across the region, starting in the environmental justice community of Waukegan, IL

9/23/21

Kevin Brubaker

Story

Illinois’ landmark energy law includes the nation’s most comprehensive grid planning requirements

Good planning will ensure that grid infrastructure supports the state's clean energy ambitions, to the benefit of all Illinoisans

9/23/21

Nikhil Vijaykar

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: Climate Change and the Great Lakes

Journalist Dan Egan spoke with ELPC’s Howard Learner about Great Lakes threats and finding solutions.

9/21/21

Story

Experts Find Line 5 Oil Tunnel will Exacerbate the Climate Crisis

Shutting down Line 5 is the only way to protect the Straits of Mackinac from an oil spill. Not replacing it would prevent billions of dollars worth of climate damage.

9/16/21

Margrethe Kearney

Update

Fourmile Frustrations: Coalition Advocates to Protect the Northwoods

ELPC led a coalition of Midwestern advocates calling for immediate action to protect Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

9/7/21

Andy Olsen

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